From Ethan: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 2:16 pm
Hey friends and family! It's interesting how even though the little town of Stanley is starting to pack up for the winter, we are still teaching and giving service all the time! In just a couple more weeks all the lodges, resorts and stores will close down. The town will be back to its little population of 63.
I met a guy named Ron Khosla this week at Red Fish Lake. He grew up in upstate New York and has been to Palmyra where Joseph Smith lived when he was called to be the Prophet of the Restoration. Ron told us all about his life and inventing this little machine to help cool his outdoor cooler. Now he lives in Oregon but visited Stanley and we were able to introduce the Book of Mormon to him! He has a cool story. Read it here http://storeitcold.com/thestory.html
I met a Stanley resident who is originally from Northfield, Minnesota! Shout out to all my friends at St. Olaf and Carleton College! We had dinner with her and a family who are members of the branch (small congregation) here. She grew up Episcopalian. We discussed how similar all Christian churches are. She talked to us about a struggle of faith about her brother passing away recently. What bothered her is that her brother was one of the most faithful guys she knew and God let him pass away. We were able to teach this wonderful lady about the Plan of Salvation!! We are so blessed to have the knowledge that we are children of our Heavenly Father, that we lived with Him before this life and have the chance to live with Him again. We will all see each other again after this life because of the Atonement and Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. Our friends and family pass away but we can be assured that "all things have been done in the wisdom of Him who knoweth all things." (2 Nephi 2:24).
It's pretty awesome to be able to lift people up with the knowledge of God and Christ that we have. Like I said last week, it is the gospel that changes people’s lives for the better. I am blessed to be a part of it, to have it change my life and assist in changing other people’s lives.